Word Press Weekly Photo Challenge: Window

by Rick Diffley on January 15, 2014

Frosty Truck Window with boarder

Six Questions to Improve your Shot Making

What goes through your mind in the moments leading up to taking a shot? Many just want to capture the moment and then move on.

My suggestion is to start asking these six questions that will help improve your image taking.

Image: Shot with a Nikon D300, ISO 200, SS 1/400, F/4.8, Focal length 50.0 mm. Post processing using Photoshop Elements and Nik Software – Color Efex Pro 4.

What story am I telling?

Ask: “Why am I taking this shot? What is the purpose and what am I trying to convey?”

What is the visual focal point of this shot?

What will the person viewing my image have their eye drawn to? Once you’ve identified the focal point you can think about where to place it in the frame. Think the rule of thirds.

Are there competing focal points or subjects?

Look over the shot and see if there are competing focal points and ask if they add to or take away from the image?

What is in the background and foreground?

The most common distractions in an image appears either in the background, foreground, or both. Make sure to look at the space behind and in front of your main subject. You may need to move to a new position or angle to eliminate the distraction.

Am I close enough?

Is my main subject too small in the frame? Images that fill the frame are more powerful and show more detail. This is a simple fix: Move closer, moving your subject closer, or using a longer focal length to give the effect of closeness.

Would holding my camera or changing my position make a difference?

Many photographers get into the habit of always holding their camera the same way and shooting while standing straight up and down. Changing your position can drastically impact a shot. You can also hold your camera at a different angle for an effective result too.

Thank you for visiting.

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Cindy Taylor January 15, 2014 at 5:23 PM

Love, love, love this shot (even though I hate the cold)!


Rick Diffley January 16, 2014 at 11:39 AM

Thank you for you wonderful comment! And yes, As years go by here, I like the cold and snow less and less. However, winter offers up some terrific photo opportunities.


Tina Schell January 15, 2014 at 6:54 PM

Great points Rick and love the shot!


Rick Diffley January 16, 2014 at 11:43 AM

Thank you Tina!


DV January 15, 2014 at 9:09 PM

Love the shot & the points you outline!


Cardinal Guzman January 16, 2014 at 12:52 AM

They’re all good questions Rick, but I feel that sometimes there’s no need to tell a story with a photo. Sometimes just documenting can be good enough, but then of course the answer to “What story am I telling?” would simply be: “I’m just documenting” :)

Another good question could be: “Would changing the aperture produce a different result?”


Rick Diffley January 16, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Thanks for visiting. Always welcome and enjoy your comments!


Tina Schell January 16, 2014 at 3:40 PM

Excellent post Rick – love the shot and some good reminders as well. Nicely done!


Kat B. March 5, 2014 at 7:27 AM

The icicles make that photo!


Rick Diffley March 5, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Thank you for visiting and your comment.


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